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Malmo Road Site - The Cullen Building

HOTA’s purpose built Training Centre at Malmo Road's Cullen Building hosts a variety of facilities including:

  • Environmental Training Pool including Helicopter Underwater Escape Trainer
  • Fast Rescue Boat Capsize
  • Replica Helipad and Helicopter
  • Fireground Complex
  • IT Suite
  • Emergency Response Suite
  • Restaurant and Amenities
  • Fully Equipped Lecture Rooms
  • Male and Female changing facilities & showers
  • Free large on-site car park
  • Free Wi-Fi Access

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Environmental Training Pool

The core of the Training Centre is the environmental training pool, some 10 metres by 20 metres in size and containing 250,000 litres of water. This allows us to generate a realistic training environment for a wide range of water based scenarios. Even though the pool is maintained at a water depth in excess of 4 metres, there is a platform fitted to allow shallow water training and a mezzanine level, which allows simulation of, helicopter winching. The pool is hired regularly for a variety of activities including film locations and local dive clubs.

Helicopter Underwater Escape Trainer

Housed in the pool is the Helicopter Underwater Escape Trainer affectionately known as the ‘Dunker’, which is capable of a 180-degree revolution underwater. This facility is used as a major part of training delegates for the Offshore Industry, as well as specialised training for bodies such as UK Fire Brigades, Police Air Support Units and The Royal Air Force.

In the past we have utilised the ‘Dunker’ in other ways such as Team Building Days and we have even challenged the general public and a few celebrities, such as the cast from Emmerdale Farm, into raising money for charities on our ‘Charity Dunker Days’. Charities who have benefited from these days have included Children in Need and local organisations Dove House Hospice and The Candlelighters appeal

Replica Helideck and Helicopter

HOTA’s two-third-scale replica elevated helideck is used with HOTA’s very own Helicopter for training Offshore Helicopter Landing Officers. In fact not only we were the first centre in the UK but also world-wide to gain OPITO Approval for the course and no other centre has a helicopter created from a Bedford Rascal Van complete with working rotors!

Emergency Response Suite

HOTA offers OPITO Approved OIM and CRO assessments in its purpose built emergency response suite. This state of the art facility consists of a suite of air conditioned rooms housing a fully digital communications network incorporating video recording/playback, radio, telephone and sound effect system.

The CRO assessment utilizes a sophisticated software package based on a multi-jacket gas and oil installation. The OIM assessment’s are either field or platform specific and assessment scenarios are therefore tailored to meet customer requirements.

Fireground Complex

The fire ground consists of a purpose built facility providing a safe and realistic training environment. This allows the demonstration of and participation in correct techniques for dealing with fires involving solids, flammable liquids and gases.

The expansive multi level training complex provides a versatile facility for training in live firefighting, confined space, search and rescue procedures and breathing apparatus related courses. We are able to generate either artificial or real heat and smoke conditions.

The facilities that the complex offers, lend themselves very well to team building and leadership related courses, and in the past have been used as part of the candidate selection process for the television programme “Formula Woman”.

IT Suite

The fully fitted IT Suite - the latest addition to the site will provide a dedicated location for Computer Based Assessment for a number of HOTA's Electrical Courses and will also enable an increase in course capacity for further Computer Based Training Courses.

The suite is fitted with 18 desk top computers with internet access, a number also have access to Microsoft Office. HOTA delegates will have use of the facility in free time, allowing easy access for making travel arrangements, checking documents or even whiling away a lunch hour with a game of solitaire!


To complement the delivery of quality training at HOTA, a restaurant facility, providing home cooked, good quality food, is onsite. Delegates attending courses can avail themselves of refreshments on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon and would normally have a choice of two hot meals at lunchtime or a variety of salads or sandwiches and dessert. Special dietary needs can be catered for in advance.

Lecture Rooms

All lecture rooms are equipped with the latest technology including audio visual presentation systems, plasma screens and are fully air conditioned.

All lecture rooms are comfortable, clean and spacious and vary in size from small friendly meeting rooms to the largest accommodating up to 32 delegates. All lecture and meeting rooms can be hired out and are an ideal choice for external meetings, conferences etc. Lecture rooms can be configured into a number of styles to suit the occasion including:

  • Theatre
  • Classroom
  • Boardroom
  • Reception
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